Coast Guard, local agencies rescues three near China Beach, California

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard worked with local agencies to rescue three people near China Beach in San Francisco, Calif., Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 12:50 p.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center received a call from the National Park Service reporting a person injured near the Cliff House in San Francisco.

Coast Guard Station Golden Gate launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat rescue crew who discovered two males near the beach who slid down a cliff to assist a female in distress. San Francisco Fire Department arrived on scene and recovered the two males to transfer them to the Coast Guard 47-foot MLB. They were then transported to Station Golden Gate in Sausalito, Calif., to be evaluated by emergency medical services.

Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco helicopter crews were diverted from a training mission to hoist the distressed female. The crew operated at the edge of the helicopter’s performance envelope, hoisting a paramedic and the injured female from 200 feet above the beach and transported them to Station Golden Gate where emergency medical services were waiting.

“Our inter-agency coordination was fantastic,” said Lt. Cmdr Maria Richardson, a pilot during the case. “The paramedics on scene worked seamlessly with the helicopter’s crew which really helped getting the injured person off the beach more quickly.”

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